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Just wondering, when does casting for the winter season usually come out? I'm really curious to see which cast will be shown in the cinemas for Don Quixote. I'm hoping I can see Corrales, but I don't know if they would broadcast a first soloist in the main lead? 

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I so agree with you.  I enjoy seeing the guests from other ballet companies.  And, of course, it's a two-way street.  I'm not so keen when somebody is semi-permanent fixture as seemed to be the case with Salenko a while back, but the memory of Shrklyarov will remain with me for many years, both for Manon and Marguerite and Armand.  I was also keen to see David Halberg whose guesting was so unfortunately curtailed.  

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11 hours ago, HappyTurk said:

Just wondering, when does casting for the winter season usually come out?  

 

Mid to late July, I think. 

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11 hours ago, HappyTurk said:

but I don't know if they would broadcast a first soloist in the main lead? 

Very doubtful.  I can't think of when they ever have....but that doesn't mean they haven't!!

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On 11/4/2018 at 18:17, bangorballetboy said:

Let's see if attaching the pdf works!

casting-for-royal-ballet-performances-autumn-2018-19.pdf

Thank you for uploading this. 

I can't wait to see La Bayadère. However, I was wondering how 'set in stone' is this casting announcement? I know that once it's on the website they don't change the cast, except if injuries happen. 

I am not from the UK and I'm thinking about planning a trip to London this autumn. Seeing Nunez and Osipova in the same production got me all excited!

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I think RB casting is generally reliable but nobody can plan for injury or sickness. 

Nunez/Osipova in Bayadere should be great - they were in Giselle. 

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5 hours ago, Shade said:

I think RB casting is generally reliable but nobody can plan for injury or sickness. 

Nunez/Osipova in Bayadere should be great - they were in Giselle. 

 

Of course. I was asking outside of those things. 

I've only seen Nela's Giselle on DVD. I love her interpretation so much.  

Here, I really wonder about the dynamic between the both of them. As anyone seen Marianela as Nikya yet? 

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4 hours ago, ballerinette said:

Of course. I was asking outside of those things. 

I've only seen Nela's Giselle on DVD. I love her interpretation so much.  

Here, I really wonder about the dynamic between the both of them. As anyone seen Marianela as Nikya yet? 

 

It'll be interesting to see which combo proves more satisfactory: Nunez as Nikiya and Osipova as Gamzatti or Osipova as Nikiya and Nunez as Gamzatti? I'm sure both will be great, though. 

 

Osipova's Nikiya at the Bolshoi is among my favorites and Nunez's Gamzatti as well. 

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Nunez's Gamzatti almost made me feel sorry for her!

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59 minutes ago, Sim said:

Nunez's Gamzatti almost made me feel sorry for her!

 

I agree! This is how I feel about Maria Alexandrova's, too. They are the only Gamzattis I have ever empathized with. 

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Olga Chenchikova's, too.  She gave the impression that snagging Solor was almost some sort of last chance for her.

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Just pencilled the dates for the Nutcracker into the diary and realised how oddly un-Christmassy they are: a mere smattering throughout December then a fairly solid run in January!

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8 hours ago, alison said:

Just pencilled the dates for the Nutcracker into the diary and realised how oddly un-Christmassy they are: a mere smattering throughout December then a fairly solid run in January!

 

And couldn't they have fit in a matinee of the Patineurs triple that isn't on a weekday?  (If it was a weekday between Christmas and New Year, at least they'd catch a lot of people off work, but it isn't...)

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Guess they're aiming for the schools

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12 hours ago, alison said:

Just pencilled the dates for the Nutcracker into the diary and realised how oddly un-Christmassy they are: a mere smattering throughout December then a fairly solid run in January!

And seemingly fully booked before  Christmas, at least as things stand just at the moment,  apart from Christmas Eve (mainly Amphi). 

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On 16/04/2018 at 11:39, alison said:

Olga Chenchikova's, too.  She gave the impression that snagging Solor was almost some sort of last chance for her.

 

But the joke, when I saw her do this (wonderfully), was she had already married her Solor (Makharbak Vaziev) in real life.

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2 hours ago, Richard LH said:

And seemingly fully booked before  Christmas, at least as things stand just at the moment,  apart from Christmas Eve (mainly Amphi). 

 

Nice of Kevin to stand back and give ENB the benefit :)

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In putting on  some 23 performances of Nutcracker, and being up against the RB and the BRB, I wonder how  Coliseum seat sales will go....

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Well, the ENB Nutcracker season is shorter than usual as well,  I think.

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Back in April, SPD444 asked about Kevin Jackson, and bangorballetboy replied that he was a guesting Australian Ballet principal. Which he is. Bit more info ... (you can stop reading here if you're not interested ☺). He's one of the, if not the, big jumping men currently with TAB. In fact TAB's upcoming reworking of Spartacus (Lucas Jervies is the choreographer) is being made on him. He was awesome, or, in language more suited to my advanced years, extremely impressive, in Neumeier's Nijinsky 18 months ago. I have to say that I think he's wasted in Nutcracker, but then I don't like Nutcracker. Will that get me expelled from the forum? Whatever. I still don't like Nutcracker. And we get Alex Campbell in return. Great ☺.Anyway, Kevin Jackson is worth seeing, IMHO.

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6 hours ago, jmb said:

Kevin Jackson is worth seeing, IMHO

 

Many thanks for your glowing endorsement of Kevin Jackson - sorry you don't like Nutcracker.

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6 hours ago, jmb said:

Back in April, SPD444 asked about Kevin Jackson, and bangorballetboy replied that he was a guesting Australian Ballet principal. Which he is. Bit more info ... (you can stop reading here if you're not interested ☺). He's one of the, if not the, big jumping men currently with TAB. In fact TAB's upcoming reworking of Spartacus (Lucas Jervies is the choreographer) is being made on him. He was awesome, or, in language more suited to my advanced years, extremely impressive, in Neumeier's Nijinsky 18 months ago. I have to say that I think he's wasted in Nutcracker, but then I don't like Nutcracker. Will that get me expelled from the forum? Whatever. I still don't like Nutcracker. And we get Alex Campbell in return. Great ☺.Anyway, Kevin Jackson is worth seeing, IMHO.

 

Which production of Nutcracker does TAB have?

 

I love BRB’s by SPW but loathe RB’s by him!

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1 hour ago, Jan McNulty said:

 

Which production of Nutcracker does TAB have?

 

I love BRB’s by SPW but loathe RB’s by him!

 

The Australian Ballet has Sir Peter Wright's BRB production.  It was filmed a few years ago (with Kevin Jackson) and shown, here in the UK, on Sky Arts.

 

Edited for missing punctuation.

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Thanks Bluebird.  I knew TAB had done it but wasn't sure if that production was still in the rep.

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This is a slightly complicated question. Straight Nutcracker it's Peter Wright's version. BUT, there's also our very own Nutcracker, the Story of Clara, choreography Graeme Murphy. But before I go on, a word of explanation. Christmas for us is not cold, it's not snow flakes and fires and mulled wine. It's hot. Prawns and seafood and barbecues and beach cricket. So I hate attempts, tied up with Nutcracker, to make our Christmas 'authentic' and cold. One of the very few things I don't like about Queensland Ballet is Li Cunxin's attempt to make Nutcracker an annual Christmas event. 

Nutcracker: The Story of Clara is something else again. It's an Australian version of the story - hot and dry - and recounts the story of Clara, a dancer of the Ballet Russes who found refuge in Australia, as she looks back at the end of her life. Having said that, I have to admit that I haven't seen it, family pressures having made it impossible last year. But I'm ideologically well-disposed😊

 

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8 hours ago, jmb said:

Back in April, SPD444 asked about Kevin Jackson, and bangorballetboy replied that he was a guesting Australian Ballet principal. Which he is. Bit more info ... (you can stop reading here if you're not interested ☺). He's one of the, if not the, big jumping men currently with TAB. In fact TAB's upcoming reworking of Spartacus (Lucas Jervies is the choreographer) is being made on him. He was awesome, or, in language more suited to my advanced years, extremely impressive, in Neumeier's Nijinsky 18 months ago. I have to say that I think he's wasted in Nutcracker, but then I don't like Nutcracker. Will that get me expelled from the forum? Whatever. I still don't like Nutcracker. And we get Alex Campbell in return. Great ☺.Anyway, Kevin Jackson is worth seeing, IMHO.

 

As is Alexander Campbell, IMHO. :) I will look forward to seeing Kevin Jackson - even if it's largely only a PDD, Nutcracker does allow you a good view of someone's overall technique and stage personality.

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6 hours ago, jmb said:

Nutcracker: The Story of Clara is something else again. It's an Australian version of the story - hot and dry - and recounts the story of Clara, a dancer of the Ballet Russes who found refuge in Australia, as she looks back at the end of her life. Having said that, I have to admit that I haven't seen it, family pressures having made it impossible last year. But I'm ideologically well-disposed😊

 

 

I love this Greame Murphy version on Nutcracker, the story of Clara, they brought it to Japan several years ago. A touching epic story of old Clara who was a dancer at the Ballet Russes in her youth.  There is also a DVD of this lovely production. 

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21 hours ago, bridiem said:

 

As is Alexander Campbell, IMHO. :) I will look forward to seeing Kevin Jackson - even if it's largely only a PDD, Nutcracker does allow you a good view of someone's overall technique and stage personality.

 

And I look forward to what you have to say :)

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